What is inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s way to protect itself from harmful irritants. This is an essential process of the body to attempt to heal itself. Whether it’s to fight bacteria, viruses or to heal after an injury or an intense workout, the foods you decide to put in your body will have a major impact on the healing process.
Acute inflammation VS Chronic inflammation
Acute inflammation is a response to an injury or minor illness and will usually subside after 24-72 hours.
On the other hand, chronic inflammation is a constant, prolonged inflammatory response of longer duration. The chronic inflammation is what we want to focus on and reduce. It is well known to be at the root of many health conditions. One of the best and most effective ways to combat inflammation starts with food. Chose the right combination of foods and you may surprise yourself in healing faster and reducing inflammation in your body.
As an athlete, I am always looking for ways to reduce inflammation from training and daily life stressors.
I eliminate the following high inflammatory foods from my diet:
My top anti- inflammatory foods that I eat on a daily basis:
A great way to “upgrade” your nutrition is with the help of herbs and spices while cooking. Not only do they add taste, but they are filled with minerals and vitamins. Add these anti-inflammatory spices to your cooking:
Other tips to treat inflammation at its source:
My favorite anti-inflammatory tea recipe:
1 cup water
1-inch slice ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon raw unfiltered organic honey
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ashwagandha
½ lemon juice
by Catherine Medeiros, coach, and athlete for Team Canada Bobsleigh